Thomas Byrne TD: “The department has an obligation to make these periods of leave as short as possible and conduct the investigations as expeditiously as possible.”  Photograph: Alan Betson

Three principals and 14 school teachers are currently on administrative leave with full pay while investigations are being carried out, the Department(...)

Teachers’ unions are seeking an increase in the rates of pay that apply for correcting exams. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Teachers’ unions have called for urgent talks with the State Examinations Commission (SEC) to address a joint pay claim and avoid it having to hire in(...)

Speakers at the ASTI annual conference raised concerns about low fees paid to those marking Junior and Leaving Certificate exams. Photograph: Gerard McCarthy

Secondary teachers say the integrity of State exams are at risk unless there is a sharp increase in pay rates for marking students’ work. The confere(...)